Intel is not a company to be outdone by a competitor. They have pride in their product lineup even though it did seem a tad stale the last few iterations. If this Intel Core i9-7980XE 18C/36T rumor is true, it seems that they have an AMD ThreadRipper competitor waiting in the wings! A little birdie has leaked a X299 product lineup to VideoCardz. Remember that this is a rumor so take it with a grain of salt as usual. Having true competition in the CPU space sure is fun again! AMD’s Threadripper will face more powerful competition that we first thought. A 18-core processor called Core i9-7980XE will be Intel’s flagship model of Core-X series.